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California Passes New York For Most Coronavirus Cases

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With over 12,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday, California — the most populous state — passed New York’s previous record total. Over 7,000 Californians are hospitalized from the virus.

Residents Of Pennsylvania Veterans’ Home In ‘Immediate Jeopardy’: Health Inspectors

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Workers at Southeastern Veterans’ Center in Philadelphia failed to take proper safety precautions to protect its residents during the pandemic, according to health inspectors. 42 people have died at the facility. Other COVID-related news is on: the high death rate of Filipino Americans; health care worker dangers; and attacks against Pennsylvania’s health secretary.

Hotel, Health Care Workers Protest Working Conditions

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Hotel groups filed a lawsuit in San Francisco citing concerns about exposure to contaminated surfaces, and hospital staff in Santa Rosa, Calif., are protesting over inadequate protection and proposed pay cuts. Other news on workers from Michigan and Washington, as well.

Mosquitoes Probably Won’t Give You COVID

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Always a menace, mosquitoes are not going to pass along the coronavirus, a group of scientists say. But they remain a public health scourge throughout the country.

23 States Join Suit Aimed At Protecting ACA Anti-Discrimination Rule

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The lawsuit, filed by Democratic state attorneys general on Monday, alleges that a federal rule by the Trump administration in June “arbitrarily and unlawfully strips health care rights” from the LGBTQ community, pregnant women and others.

Testing Has White House, GOP Lawmakers At Odds Over Stimulus Bill

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While common ground with Democrats is still far off, disagreements remain between the Trump administration and congressional Republican leaders after a White House meeting. At issue is money for virus testing, schools and payroll taxes while a surprise billing measure appears to be off the table.

White House Aims To Cut Funds For Testing, CDC, NIH In Next Relief Package

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In other news about testing and the administration: California Gov. Gavin Newsom was reportedly told to appeal directly to President Donald Trump and to thank him if Newsom wanted help in getting more testing swabs. And Colorado’s governor calls the national testing situation a “complete disgrace.”

Critics Say New COVID Reporting System Could Overwhelm Hospitals, Lead To Drug Shortages

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The Trump administration announced this week that hospitals should now report data about coronavirus patients, supplies and bed capacity directly to the Department of Health and Human Services, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In other health industry news, Georgia revised its request for changes to the insurance marketplace, and doctors and employers team up to offer a new health care payment model.